Quest Integrity USA, LLC v. A.Hak Industrial Services US, LLC
ORDER on status reports by Judge Richard A Jones. (RS)
HONORABLE RICHARD A. JONES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
QUEST INTEGRITY USA, LLC,
Case No. C14-1971-RAJ
A.HAK INDUSTRIAL SERVICES US,
This matter comes before the Court on the status reports of Plaintiff Quest
Integrity USA, LLC’s (“Quest”) and Defendant A.Hak Industrial Services US, LLC
(“A.Hak”). These reports concern the appropriate course of action following recent
decisions by the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware concerning US Patent
No. 7,542,874, the patent at issue in the instant action. Quest Integrity USA, LLC v.
Clean Harbors Indus. Servs., Inc., --- F. Supp. 3d ---, No. CV 14-1482-SLR, 2017 WL
1155381 (D. Del. Mar. 28, 2017), on reconsideration in part sub nom. Quest Integrity
Usa, LLC v. Cokebusters USA Inc., No. CV 14-1483-SLR, 2017 WL 1365227 (D. Del.
Apr. 7, 2017) (orders on summary judgment).
The parties agree that, as a consequence of these decisions, a Markman hearing
will be unnecessary. They disagree, however, as to the manner in which the litigation
should proceed. Quest requests a stay of this action pending its appeal of the Delaware
District Court’s orders. A.Hak requests permission to file a motion for summary
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judgment on the issue of whether Quest’s patent claims are precluded by the Delaware
District Court’s decision under the doctrine of collateral estoppel. A.Hak further requests
that summary judgment briefing occur on an expedited schedule.
Having reviewed the parties’ status reports, the Court finds that a stay of the
instant action would be inappropriate. Tripati v. Henman, 857 F.2d 1366, 1367 (9th Cir.
1988); Pharmacia & Upjohn Co. v. Mylan Pharm., Inc., 170 F.3d 1373, 1381 (Fed. Cir.
1999) (“The law is well settled that the pendency of an appeal has no effect on the
finality or binding effect of a trial court’s holding. That rule is applicable to holdings of
patent invalidity as well.”) (citations and brackets omitted). Accordingly, the Court
adopts A.Hak’s position that this action should proceed to summary judgment on the
issue of collateral estoppel. The Court declines, however, to order briefing on an
DATED this 3rd day of May, 2017.
The Honorable Richard A. Jones
United States District Judge
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